Why Not Have A Third AP All-Pro Team?
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All-Pro 1st Team Offense
There are a lot of things about these All-Pro teams that I don’t like. I disagree with Peyton Manning getting first-team All-Pro quarterback, because it should be Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers led the NFL in quarterback rating with a 108.0 quarterback rating. I can’t disagree with Adrian Peterson, but I do disagree with Marshawn Lynch getting first-team All-Pro at running back. I think it should be Arian Foster from the Texans. Foster was a huge snub from the All-Pro teams. He led the league in touchdowns scored by running backs with fifteen. I don’t agree with tight end Tony Gonzalez getting first-team, because I believe it should be Rob Gronkowski from the New England Patriots. Gronkowski led the NFL among tight ends with eleven touchdowns. I agree the wide receivers Calvin Johnson from Detroit and Brandon Marshall from Chicago getting first-team All-Pro. I agree with tackles Duane Brown and Ryan Clady from Denver getting first-team All-Pro. I also agree that guards Mike Iupati with San Francisco and Jahri Evans from New Orleans should be on the 1st team. Center Max Unger from Seattle I agree with also, as well as Blair Walsh with Minnesota being the placekicker. I agree with Jacoby Jones from Baltimore getting first-team All-Pro kick returner, which really sucks because I hate Jacoby Jones.
All-Pro 1st Team Defense
I agree that J.J. Watt should win 1st-team All-Pro defensive end by a large margin and I agree Cameron Wake from Miami should be first-team All-Pro at defensive end. I agree with Geno Atkins for first-team All-Pro tackle, and I also agree that Vince Wilfork from New England is a first-teamer. I also agree, inside linebackers, Von Miller and Aldon Smith are 1st-team All-Pro. I agree outside linebackers should be Patrick Willis and Navarro Bowman. Also believe the punter from San Francisco, Andy Lee, should be All-Pro 1st team.
All-Pro 2nd Team Offense
Second-team offense is where I strongly disagree. I think Peyton Manning should be second-team All-Pro instead of 1st team All-Pro. Peyton Manning was second in the NFL with a 105.8 quarterback rating behind Aaron Rodgers. I agree with Alfred Morris being running back for the second-team. I think that Marshawn Lynch should be on the second-team instead of the first-team, so I disagree with Jamaal Charles winning second-team All-Pro. I agree with fullback second-team All-Pro being Jerome Felton from Minnesota, but I disagree with Jason Witten being the tight end on the second-team All-Pro. I believe it should be Jimmy Graham from the New Orleans Saints, because he was second in the NFL among tight ends with nine touchdowns. I agree with the wide receivers being AJ Green and Andre Johnson second-team All-Pro, and I also agree with tackles Joe Thomas and Joe Staley making second-team All-Pro. I agree with the guards as well, Marshal Yanda from Baltimore and Logan Mankins from New England. Center should be Maurkice Pouncey from Pittsburgh, and placekicker should be Phil Dawson from Cleveland. Lastly, kick returner should be David Wilson of the New York Giants.
All-Pro 2nd Team Defense
The All-Pro 2nd team defense I agree with also. I believe the tackles should be Justin Smith from San Francisco, Ndamukong Suh from Detroit, and Haloti Ngata from Baltimore. I agree the outside linebackers should be Chad Greenway from Minnesota, Ahmad Brooks from San Francisco, Clay Matthews from Green Bay, and DeMarcus Ware from Dallas. Inside Linebackers should be Daryl Washington from Arizona, and London Fletcher from Washington.
Cornerbacks should be Champ Bailey from Denver, and Tim Jennings from Chicago. Safeties are Eric Weddle from San Diego, and Jairus Byrd from Buffalo. The Punter is Thomas Morstead from New Orleans.
I have a simple solution for this. In my opinion, I believe that the league should have a 3rd All-Pro team. There is way too much talent in this league, and why can’t there be a third-place? I think that’s the practical and smart thing to do because the NFL is a totally offense dominated league, and there are way too many good players that should not be left out to dry.
The All-Pro 3rd team could look like this:
All-Pro 3rd Team Offense
Quarterback: Robert Griffin III, Washington
Running Backs: Jamaal Charles, Kansas City; Doug Martin, Tampa Bay
Fullback: Marcel Reece, Oakland
Tight End: Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta
Wide Receivers: Demaryius Thomas, Denver; Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay
Tackles: Jake Long, Miami; Donald Penn, Tampa Bay
Guards: Steve Hutchinson, Tennessee; Carl Nicks, Tampa Bay
Place Kicker: Dan Bailey, Dallas
Kick Returner: Trendon Holliday, Denver
All-Pro 3rd Team Defense
Ends: Jared Allen, Minnesota; Calais Campbell, Arizona
Inside Linebackers: Ray Lewis, Baltimore; Brian Urlacher, Chicago
Outside Linebackers: Lance Briggs, Chicago; James Harrison, Pittsburgh
Cornerbacks: Charles Woodson, Green Bay; Carlos Rodgers, San Francisco
Safeties: Ed Reed, Baltimore; Reggie Nelson, Cincinnati
Punter: Brandon Fields, Miami